Of the many hats managers must wear, the toughest is probably that of a diplomat: navigating and negotiating contention relationships in order to pursue a common goal. Here are 4 useful strategies to put an end to infighting and get everyone on the same team again.
When something goes wrong, our first instinct is to fix it. Stop the bleeding. Patch the hole. Just make it go away. We are good at jumping right into action on the first and most immediate solution that pops into mind. And we often muster up considerable creativity and ingenuity in developing work-arounds and short-term solutions.
As the saying goes, "Practice what you preach." So I've spent the last 3 months implementing an organizational tool to keep my business running at its best. Check out my blog to find out more about how it has worked!
Did you know that there’s a whole science to how grocery stores are laid out?
If stores can use behavioral sciences to manipulate our in-store purchasing, we can apply similar smart design principles to increase the effectiveness of our to-do lists. Read on for ideas on organizing your list to encourage smarter behaviors!
If you’re like me, you feel the constant notion that you have a million things to do. With only 24 hours in a day - 16 hours if you eliminate the ideal 8 hours a day that you should be sleeping – it is vital that tasks are identified and prioritized to maximize productivity. The simplest way to do this is to create a To Do list (or two) using the steps I’ve outlined.
Developing and maintaining a system for keeping shared folders and files organized is challenging, but it’s doable. And it’s worth the effort, because the potential risks from not having a centralized and orderly shared drive are far worse when you have multiple people involved than when it is just one person. This post discusses the key considerations to determine what kind of system will work for your team.
One of the most common if only list items I help clients tackle is organizing their electronic folders and files -– whether on a cloud storage system, office shared drive, or individual hard drive. Unless you’ve taken time to figure out a good system for where you save these files and how you name them, it can get very hard to find them again when you need them. In this post, I outline my four steps to creating a system that works for you!
Many of us suffer from email overload. Between e-marketing campaigns, auto-subscribe newsletters, and rampant abuse of the “reply all” option, it’s not uncommon to receive several hundred messages a day –- often across multiple email accounts. Read on to learn how I helped one client reclaim control over and start managing his personal inbox once again.
For this first blog post of 2019, I’m going meta: I’ve written a case study about applying my own organizational processes to my own business, and how I came up with a new system for planning, developing, and writing blog and social media posts.
The holiday season is upon us, and for many this also means the onset of constant stress. Maybe it’s the thought of spending a lot of time with family and in-laws or maybe it’s coordinating travel. It could even be the stress of a tight budget with a growing list of holiday expenses. Whatever the reason, the holidays, while often one of the most joyful times of year, often cause significant stress.
Unfortunately, we cannot control all the aspects in life that cause us stress. It’s not up to us what traffic will be like on a given day. What we can do, however, is control our reactions to these stressors and try to mitigate situations before they overwhelm us.
I’m sure we’ve all experienced a moment when we don’t recognize or like the image of ourselves reflected back from those around us. The important thing is to force ourselves to be self-aware, and to pay equal attention not to how we ourselves behave, but how other perceive and respond to our behaviors.
Exploring cities and going to the theater are two of my favorite things to do in the entire world, and it’s hard to beat New York City as a destination for both. Despite loving the theater, I find walking around Broadway, the beating heart of New York’s theater district, to be one of the most anxiety-inducing and chaotic experiences a person can have.
If success isn’t only defined by status, power, and money, then what does it mean to be successful, and how do you know when you’re there? It all comes down to having a clear picture of what success looks like for you. Think about the times in your life you have felt like your best, true self.
By all external measures, I was very successful: my bosses loved and trusted me, my team thrived under my supervision, and my colleagues saw me as a capable leader who got things done. But internally, I was miserable -- miserable to the point of barely functioning, with clinical depression levels of burnout.
More and more, you hear stories of people who achieve what they think of as markers of success, only to find themselves thinking, “Is that all there is? This is what I busted my butt for?” or “Now what?” We all know people who have high-power jobs or great salaries but they’re miserable, overly stressed and unfulfilled. So why don’t they feel successful?